Raider Band Weekly Update Oct 22 - Oct 27

Raider Band Students and Parents,


Honestly, I can’t remember a time where I’ve been as impressed with the students I work with as I have been this week. To witness first hand their drive, commitment, and support of one another these past few days, in the midst of dealing with different weather circumstances, has been awesome to see! You already knew this, but you have some awesome kids there at home with you!


We’re off to the races! This weekend we begin our process to put our best foot forward to be competitive in our final marching contests. With the end of the marching season in sight, it also means it’s time to begin planning for next year (yes… already! :-D ).


Booster Executive Board Positions Next Year

Our President and Treasurer positions must be filled by someone new as we go in to the 2019-2020 school year (President is “graduating out” and Treasurer has met the two-year “cap”.) If you’d like to help lead this dynamic team or have accounting experience, we need your help! These positions are required to be filled in order for us to have a booster organization.


The Vice President(s) of Concessions organizes a few training sessions at the beginning of the school year and then helps to make sure items are ready to be sold at different events. The band program depends on the revenue generated from these leaders, and you’ll be able to know that you’re creating a huge positive impact on all students in the band program! This job can be split between two or more people.


If you’re interested in helping us with any of these positions, please contact me for more information. Thank you!


Band Fee and/or San Fran Payment Due Monday

As always, thank you for your support of our program! Please remember that if you’re attending the optional San Fran trip, that your trip will be cancelled if your band and booster fees are not paid in full by mid-November.

http://crhsraiderband.org/new-products/band-fees-not-booster   https://www.etadventures.com/


UIL Region Marching Evaluation - Tomorrow(?) 10/20

Tomorrow around 10:00am I will receive a text message from the UIL coordinator on whether or not they’re going to have the event tomorrow (depending on weather forecast). If they postpone, the event will be on Monday 10/22. The schedule will remain the same for Monday’s event if this happens. Either way, be looking for an email and other social media alerts shortly after 10am once I hear what is going to happen tomorrow.


This evaluation is the first step in qualifying for the State Marching Contest. We must get a “Division 1” at this contest in order to qualify and attend the UIL Area Marching Contest.


UIL Area Marching Contest - Saturday 10/27

All 6A bands that receive a “Division 1” in our Area will compete in the Area Marching Contest - there are 37 bands in our area, but probably(?) not all of them will get a Division 1. Plan for a very long, all-day event. We will not know the schedule until likely Wednesday 10/24.


The contest is in San Antonio, North East ISD, Heroes Stadium. The contest is prelims-finals format. The top 10 bands from prelims will make finals. Then, for every 5 bands that attend the contest, they will reward 1 band to advance to State. So, if 30 bands are in prelims, the top 6 in finals will advance to State... if there are 29 bands in prelims, the top 5 in finals will advance to State.


Bands of America San Antonio - Friday 11/2 and Saturday 11/3

We’ve received the performance schedule for BOA SA. This is a two-day event. 84 bands are competing, and the top 14 make finals. See attached schedule for more details. I might have to make some minor tweaks to the attached schedule, and will send again next week, but the overall time frame of events is correct.


Next Week’s Schedule


Monday October 22nd - Morning Rehearsals will likely be cancelled if UIL is postponed.

7:30-8:30am Woodwind and Brass ONLY Rehearsal

7:45-8:45am Percussion Region Masterclass

4:45-6:30pm Front Line Ensemble and Battery ONLY Rehearsal


Tuesday October 23rd

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal


Wednesday October 24th - PSAT & Testing Day, no before-school activities

5:00-7:00pm Colorguard ONLY Rehearsal


Thursday October 25th

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal


Friday October 26th - Game Day vs Round Rock HS @ Kelly Reeves (we’re “Home”)

4:00pm Release from class

4:10pm Outdoor Ensemble Game Preparation

4:45pm Outdoor Preparation Ends

4:50pm Get food, eat inside, change clothes - purple show shirt under uniform

5:15pm Buses hopefully begin arriving

5:25pm Inspection outside

5:35pm Buses have (hopefully) arrived - Load buses

5:40pm Depart for Kelly Reeves

6:20pm (approx) Arrive, move in to stands

6:50pm School Song

6:55pm Fight Song

7:00pm Kickoff

8:30pm Halftime (approx)

9:30pm End of game (approx)

9:45pm Load buses, depart

10:30pm Arrive back to CRHS (approx)


Saturday October 27th - UIL Area Marching Band Contest @ Heroes Stadium, San Antonio

Schedule will not be known until, most likely, Wednesday 10/24. Stay tuned.

Wear your performance shirt.


Looking Further Ahead

November 2 BOA San Antonio Preliminary Performance in the Alamodome (schedule TBA)

Football vs McNeil @ Kelly Reeves

November 3 BOA San Antonio Finals Contest (top 14 of 85 bands perform in finals)

November 5 UIL State Marching Contest Prelims (must qualify through UIL Area contest)

November 6 UIL State Marching Contest Finals (must qualify)

November 9 Football vs Westwood @ Kelly Reeves

Senior Night

Raider for a Night

November 16 First football playoff game

Thank you everyone!


John Peterson

Raider Band Weekly Update Oct 15 - Oct 20

Raider Band Students and Parents,



Sorry for the delay in sending you this email! Between prepping for the football game and handling many logistics for TMC, I simply forgot. I'm human. :-]


Speaking of TMC - WOW! Great job everyone! Thank you parent and student volunteers for everything you did to provide the best experience possible for everyone as we dealt with weather and all the other logistics that went in to yesterday’s event!


It all was an incredible example of what we're all capable of when we come together and work toward a shared goal. Thank you for representing the Raider Band and the Cedar Ridge Community so well!


I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize Amy Patterson and our executive booster board parents who have been organizing and planning this event for months now - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!



UIL Marching Contests Coming Up

Itinerary for Region UIL on Saturday 10/20 is attached to this email.

The band must receive a “1” at Region to advance to Area. The UIL Area Contest is on Saturday 10/27 at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio. The Area contest is in Prelims-Finals format. The top 10 bands from prelims compete in finals. The top four or five bands in finals will advance to the UIL State Marching Contest. We will not know the schedule for Area until around Wednesday 10/24, but plan for an entire-day event.


“Spirit Night” on Monday @ Hat Creek

Starting at 5pm at the Hat Creek on highway 79, tell them you’re with the band and part of your purchase will be donated to the band program! Thank you!


Next Week’s Schedule


Monday October 15th

7:30-8:30am Woodwind and Brass ONLY Rehearsal


Tuesday October 16th

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal


Wednesday October 17th

7:45-8:45am Percussion Region Masterclass

4:45-6:30pm Front Line Ensemble and Battery ONLY Rehearsal - Clinician in town to work with you

5:00-7:00pm Colorguard ONLY Rehearsal


Thursday October 18th

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal


Friday October 19th - Game Day vs Vista Ridge HS @ Gupton Stadium in Leander ISD

4:00pm Release from class

4:10pm Outdoor Ensemble Game Preparation

4:45pm Outdoor Preparation Ends

4:50pm Get food, eat inside, change clothes - purple show shirt under uniform

5:15pm Buses hopefully begin arriving

5:25pm Inspection outside

5:35pm Buses have (hopefully) arrived - Load buses

5:40pm Depart for LISD Gupton Stadium

6:20pm (approx) Arrive, move in to stands

6:50pm School Song

6:55pm Fight Song

7:00pm Kickoff

8:30pm Halftime (approx)

9:30pm End of game (approx)

9:45pm Load buses, depart

10:30pm Arrive back to CRHS (approx)



Saturday October 20th - UIL Region Marching Band Evaluation @ Kelly Reeves

7:30pm Performance Time; Schedule Attached.


Looking Further Ahead

October 22 Band Fee Payment Plan Deposit Due; San Fran Payment Plan Deposit Due

October 26 Football vs Round Rock @ Kelly Reeves (we’re “Home”)

October 27 UIL Area Marching Contest, Heroes Stadium in San Antonio; schedule TBA

This marching contest will qualify the top four or five bands to advance to State.

November 2 BOA San Antonio Preliminary Performance in the Alamodome (schedule TBA)

Football vs McNeil @ Kelly Reeves

November 3 BOA San Antonio Finals Contest (top 14 of 85 bands perform in finals)

November 5 UIL State Marching Contest Prelims (must qualify through UIL Area contest)

November 6 UIL State Marching Contest Finals (must qualify)



Thank you everyone!


John Peterson



Raider Band Weekly Update Oct 8 - Oct 13


What a crazy-but-awesome weekend we had! Students, we were all so incredibly impressed with your commitment to each other and your dedication as you all came to 6:50AM rehearsal on Saturday and went through the day to show everyone what this year’s Raider Band is all about! BRAVO!


As we discussed Tuesday afternoon, we’re not done yet! We have approximately 30 hours of rehearsal remaining as we continue to develop, clean, and polish your marching show as we drive toward the end of the marching season together.


Enjoy your four day weekend, but PLEASE practice at some point and come back refreshed and ready to hit the ground running.



Texas Marching Classic - Saturday October 13th

If you’ve already signed up to help run our biggest fundraiser, thank you! If not, then here’s the sign up link, utilize the tabs at the top of the page to see different positions that need filled: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/23676DF05A3C9E5C60-2018


Our band performs at our Texas Marching Classic. I have included the schedule toward the end of this email.



Colorguard Spin & Dance Clinic - Saturday October 6th

Great opportunity for our current colorguard students and/or students who might be interested in joining colorguard. Sign up here: http://crhsraiderband.org/new-products/color-guard-spin-and-dance-clinic




Next Week’s Schedule


Monday October 8th

No School, No Rehearsal


Tuesday October 9th

No School, but Full Ensemble Rehearsal 5pm-8pm


Wednesday October 10th

7:45-8:45am    Percussion Region Masterclass

4:45-6:30pm    Front Line Ensemble and Battery ONLY Rehearsal

5:00-7:00pm    Colorguard ONLY Rehearsal


Thursday October 11th

5pm-8pm    Full Ensemble Rehearsal


Friday October 12th - Game Day vs Hendrickson HS @ RRHS Dragon Stadium (we’re “Home”)

4:00pm        Release from class

4:10pm        Outdoor Ensemble Game Preparation

4:45pm        Outdoor Preparation Ends

4:50pm        Get food, eat inside, change clothes - purple show shirt under uniform

5:15pm        Buses hopefully begin arriving

5:35pm        Inspection outside

5:45pm        Buses have (hopefully) arrived - Load buses

5:50pm        Depart for RRHS Dragon Stadium

6:20pm        (approx) Arrive, move in to stands

6:50pm        School Song

6:55pm        Fight Song

7:00pm        Kickoff

8:30pm        Halftime (approx)

9:30pm        End of game (approx)

9:45pm        Load buses, depart

10:30pm    Arrive back to CRHS (approx)


Saturday October 13th - Texas Marching Classic (hosted by Cedar Ridge Band Boosters)


Student Schedule: (Note: You need to provide your own transportation to and from Kelly Reeves.)


8am-4pm    We ask that you volunteer at this major event that supports your band program

        https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/23676DF05A3C9E5C60-2018


4:30pm        Meet at north gate for field entry for rehearsal

        Rehearsal Uniform = Performance Shirt, Athletic Shorts, Shakos, Marching Shoes, Black socks


5:00-6:30pm    Rehearsal in Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex (enter as soon as Prelims Awards are done)


6:30-7:15pm    Change in to uniform (we will bring your uniform to K.R.A.C. for you)


7:15-7:25pm    Regroup in concert arcs in the endzone


7:30pm        Raider Band Exhibition Performance in Finals of Texas Marching Classic


7:45pm        Performance Ends, exit south gate

        Change & continue to volunteer or go home



Looking Further Ahead

October 19        Football vs Vista Ridge @ Leander ISD Gupton Stadium

October 20        UIL Region Marching Evaluation @ Kelly Reeves @ 7:30pm, Schedule TBD

October 22        Band Fee Payment Plan Deposit Due

October 26        Football vs Round Rock @ Kelly Reeves (we’re “Home”)

October 27        UIL Area Marching Contest, Hero Stadium in San Antonio

            This marching contest will qualify the top four or five bands to advance to State.

November 2        BOA San Antonio Preliminary Performance in the Alamodome (schedule TBA)

            Football vs McNeil @ Kelly Reeves

November 3        BOA San Antonio Finals Contest (top 14 of 85 bands perform in finals)




Have a great holiday break and safe travels!

John Peterson

Raider Band Weekly Update Oct 1 - Oct 6

Raider Band Students and Parents,


It’s contest season! We hope to hear “WE ARE - CR” as we first enter the field at 10:30am tomorrow at Kelly Reeves!! Please remember this is a ticketed event and parking is $5.


If it’s raining tomorrow - the call time remains the same. Rehearsal will begin at 6:50am. We will be in communication with BOA regarding their plans for delays, etc. if the weather requires it.


Students, regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, your directors and everyone who has worked with you have been SO IMPRESSED with how far you’ve come and what you’ve been able to accomplish in the midst of rainy weather! No matter what, perform your best and HAVE FUN as you perform! (...isn’t that one of the biggest reasons why we’re in band?)


As we get in to October, there is a lot happening! Please make sure you’re especially aware of the Texas Marching Classic information.



Texas Marching Classic - PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION!!!

Our annual Texas Marching Classic, a marching contest hosted by the Cedar Ridge Band Boosters, is right around the corner. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we made around $40,000 last year on the event. It takes everyone - parents and student volunteers - to make the event run correctly. As of the writing of this email, only 45% of the volunteer positions have been filled!


It’s important to sign up now, as our volunteer planning meetings are set for next week. Choose to come to the meeting that is most convenient for you: Tuesday Oct 2nd from 7-8pm or Thursday Oct 4 from 7-8pm. Both meetings will be identical, you’ll receive all the information you need, and you’ll receive your parking pass for the contest at this meeting.


A poorly-run event runs the risk of bands not wanting to come back next year. From parking to check in to concessions to ticket booth to score tabulations to water stations and more - please sign up and plan to help on Saturday October 13th.


Our band will perform that night as an “Exhibition” band. Provide your own transportation to the venue. Since many of you will want to be there to see us perform, please plan to volunteer as well. Thank you!


Here’s the sign up link, utilize the tabs at the top of the page to see different positions that need filled: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/23676DF05A3C9E5C60-2018



Reminder: September Payments Past Due

Band fee payment plan and optional San Fran trip payment plan were due this past Monday. Please remember that if all band/booster fees are not paid in full by mid-November, your San Fran trip reservation will be cancelled. Thank you!



Next Week’s Schedule:


Monday October 1st

No Woodwind/Brass AM Rehearsal, get rest or use your morning for homework as Festival of Band is tonight. See attached schedule for Festival of Bands. Wear your Show Shirt under your uniform.


Tuesday October 2nd

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal


Wednesday October 3rd

7:45-8:45am Percussion Region Masterclass

4:45-6:30pm Front Line Ensemble and Battery ONLY Rehearsal

5:00-7:00pm Colorguard ONLY Rehearsal


Thursday October 4th

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal


Friday October 5th

“Bye” Week - No Football Game, No Rehearsal.. And a long weekend!!!


Looking Further Ahead:


Monday October 8th - No School, No Rehearsal

Tuesday October 9th - No School, but Full Ensemble Rehearsal 5pm-8pm. Please plan your travel accordingly to be back in time for rehearsal. Thank you!

Friday October 12th - Football vs Hendrickson @ RRHS Dragon Stadium (we’re “Home”)

Saturday October 13th - Texas Marching Classic hosted by the Cedar Ridge Band Boosters

Friday October 19th - Football vs Vista Ridge @ Leander ISD Gupton Stadium

Saturday October 20th - UIL Region Marching Evaluation (the first “step” of trying to qualify for State)



As always, please let us know if you have any questions and we hope to see you at our performances over the next few days!


John Peterson


Raider Band Weekly Update Sept 10 - Sept 15

Raider Band Students and Parents,

 

Thank you for your flexibility at the game last night. We will work to see if there’s another time to celebrate our Seniors at a different football game. With our first contest just three weeks away (!!!), there is much to cover - take a look!

 

GRADES!!! Eligibility, Etc

The end of the six weeks grading period is Friday September 21st. There are different district rules in regard to which classes (regular/Pre-AP/AP) cause students to become “ineligible” (also known as No Pass No Play). The easiest way to not worry about the ins-and-outs of eligibility is simple - pass your classes! Do your homework and turn it in and attend tutorials! We as directors will start, next week, talking with individual students who are at risk of becoming ineligible.

 

Woodwind & Brass Pass-Off Feedback

I’ve been working to find a way to efficiently and effectively give students their feedback that we’ve logged as they’ve played their marching band and/or region band pass offs. With the help of the I.T. department here at CRHS, I’ve found a way to email our students their feedback directly to their @student.roundrockisd.org account. You’ll now have a record of how you did, what we heard, etc in .pdf format. We will do our best to make sure we comment about your tone quality in all the feedback we provide.

 

Meet The Teacher Night, Wednesday 9/12 6-9pm

We’ll be here if you have questions for us but we encourage you to spend the evening with your child’s academic teachers. You’re always welcome to contact us with questions about different band events, etc.

 

Contest Spot Auditions

Students who are currently “sharing” a marching spot will audition to be the performer at our contests on Thursday September 20th. The audition will entail marching and playing Act 2 and Act 3. All students will go with a director to one of the turf fields for the audition. We will consider the audition result, eligibility, attendance, and pass-off grades before determining the competition performer. Students who are not chosen as the competition performer will still have the opportunity to march at different football games, as long as they as safely able to perform in that position.

 

Next Week

The rehearsal schedule is slightly modified (see below) to ensure that we abide by the UIL 8 Hour Rule while allotting time for our rehearsal with our show designer who will be in town.

 

Looking Further Ahead

Tuesday September 18th - 7pm - Booster Meeting - Lecture hall unavailable - Orchestra Hall(?)

Wednesday September 19th - Homecoming Parade (details/schedule TBA)

Friday September 21st - Football vs Leander @ Kelly Reeves

End of 6 Week Grading Period (eligibility check)

Tuesday September 25th - No rehearsal

Wednesday September 26th - Rehearsal 5-8pm with Drill Writer

Thursday September 27th - Rehearsal 6-9pm in Kelly Reeves with Drill Writer (provide your own transportation); great opportunity to rehearse in the contest venue two days before BOA Austin!

Friday September 28th - Football vs Stony Point @ Kelly Reeves

Saturday September 29th - BOA Austin (schedule coming out soon - we’ll be “booked” the whole day)

 

Festival of Bands, Monday October 1st

Tickets are now available for Festival of Bands if you’re planning to attend. Here’s the link! https://finearts.roundrockisd.org/2018/08/22/rrisd-to-host-19th-annual-festival-of-bands/



 

Next Week’s Rehearsal Schedule:

 

Monday 9/10

No Rehearsals as we “buy time” for rehearsal with our Show Designer later in the week.

 

Tuesday 9/11

5pm-7pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal - shorter rehearsal to “buy time” for rehearsal with our Show Designer later in the week.

 

Wednesday 9/12

7:45-8:45am Percussion Region Masterclass

 

Thursday 9/13

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

 

Friday 9/14 Game Day! Away vs Vandegrift

4:00pm Release from class

4:10pm Outdoor Ensemble Game Preparation

4:45pm Outdoor Preparation Ends

4:50pm Begin dressing in to full uniform

5:15pm Inspection in Band Hall

5:20pm Exit to load buses, pick up game day meal as you exit band hall

5:30pm Depart for Vandegrift HS Stadium

We will do everything possible to be there on time. We’ll see how Highway 620 traffic

treats us :-)

6:30pm (approx) Arrive, move in to stands

6:50pm School Song

6:55pm Fight Song

7:00pm Kickoff

8:30pm Halftime (approx), “WE ARE -- C.R.!!!”

10:00pm End of game (approx), load buses, depart

11:00pm Arrive back to CRHS (approx) - GO HOME

 

Saturday 9/15

9am - Noon Full Rehearsal with Marching Show Designer, coming to town specifically to work with us

We will do a LOT of “production” and choreography work at this rehearsal and cover a lot

of NEW information.

We are very fortunate to have a team of people who are among the best in this craft that

work with this band program.


 

Contest season will be here before we know it! Can’t wait!

 

Thank you everyone!

 

John Peterson

Raider Band Weekly Update August 27 - August 31

Raider Band Students and Parents,

 

More Drill! The students have been hard at work learning Act 3 - “Sabre Dance” - drill and music this week. We are now up to set 65 in the show. THANK YOU to everyone involved last Saturday who helped with Band Olympics, Prop Building, and the Mattress Sale!

 

We’re all excited for our first game next week at Temple! “WE ARREEEEE!!!!  C. R.!!!!”

 

Tomorrow, Saturday 8/25

  • Marching Rehearsal, Outside, 8am-Noon, Students, please wear a WHITE shirt

  • Get your show shirt after rehearsal if you haven’t already gotten it - parent show shirts available as well!

  • Prop Building, 8am-12pm, come lend a hand!

 

San Fran Trip Payment Due Monday 8/27

If you’re going on the trip and following the payment plan, the next deposit is due Monday. Please make payments through the travel company webpage, https://www.etadventures.com/. Friendly reminder that all band fees and booster fees must be paid off by November 12th to attend the trip.

 

Senior Night, Thursday 9/6 vs Cedar Park

Looking ahead - We’ll celebrate our Band Seniors at the game against Cedar Park on Thursday 9/6, during halftime. Since it’s a school night, we will not perform our contest show after the game, in order to get our students home and to bed as soon as possible.

 

Festival of Bands, Monday October 1st

Tickets are now available for Festival of Bands if you’re planning to attend. Here’s the link! https://finearts.roundrockisd.org/2018/08/22/rrisd-to-host-19th-annual-festival-of-bands/

 

Booster Position Available

Want to join a dynamic team while helping maintain all of the great things you saw Tuesday night? Then please consider joining our Executive Booster Board! We are still in need of a VP of Concessions, which essentially entails organizing and helping volunteers learn their roles. For more information or if you’d like to help, please contact Barbara Bradfield at parliamentarian@crhsraiderband.org -- thank you!

 

Next Week’s Rehearsal Schedule:

 

Saturday 8/25

8:00am-Noon Full Ensemble Rehearsal

 

Monday 8/27

7:30am-8:30am  Woodwinds and Brass ONLY Rehearsal (outside)

4:45pm-6:30pm  Front Line Ensemble and Battery ONLY Rehearsal

 

Tuesday 8/28

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

 

Wednesday 8/29

7:45-9am Percussion Region Masterclass

5pm-7pm Colorguard ONLY Rehearsal

 

Thursday 8/30

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

 

Friday 8/31 -  Game Day! Away @ Temple (itinerary also attached as pdf)

3:15pm Students Released from Class

3:30pm Outdoor Rehearsal (review halftime performance)

4:15pm Rehearsal Ends

4:20pm Students eat dinner (provided) in cafeteria & change clothes

Uniform = purple show shirt, khaki shorts, black socks, black marching shoes

5:00pm Meet in section block in band hall in score order

5:15pm Load busses (approx. time - depends on buses running their routes)

5:30pm Depart for Wildcat Stadium (approx 50 minute drive)

6:30pm Arrive, park, unload

Gather as a group outside the busses, move in to stands

7:20pm Cedar Ridge School Song performed

7:24pm Football Teams return to field, play fight song

7:30pm Kickoff

9:00pm Halftime (approx), “WE ARE -- C.R.!!!”

10:30pm End of game (approx), load buses, depart

11:30pm Arrive back to CRHS (approx)

 

Reminders from Previous Email Communication

 

For our first game, we’ll wear our show shirt, khaki shorts, black socks, and marching shoes on August 31st. If you do not own a pair of khaki shorts please purchase some between now and the first game.

 

Please make sure you have the appropriate items for game day preparation (buy your own). Water Jugs, Black Spandex/Compression Shorts (this is what you wear under your marching band uniform), and long black socks are needed to be able to participate with the band.

Weekly Update August 20 - August 25

Raider Band Students and Parents,

 

Wow! It was great seeing SO MANY people at Parent Preview! What a fun way to end Summer Band 2018! I hope you were all able to get some fun pictures of family members holding instruments and learning to march as well! Big thanks to Mrs. Carrie DeLoach, the booster events coordinator and our other booster parents for all the work with the concession stand as well!

 

Vision Statements

We’ve been talking about these statements with all of our students in class this week and over summer band, but I wanted to share with all of you, our families, as well. Our band vision statement is “As performing members of the Raider Band, we believe in the pursuit of passionate performance while maintaining an inviting environment for all.” Additionally, our school’s new vision statement is “Live with Integrity, Act with Compassion, Strive for Excellence.” We will continue to talk about what these mean as we move forward through the year together.

 

Attendance

As we discussed with all the students on Thursday, the way that our ensemble will reach its fullest potential is when the students are present in rehearsal. When students are sick, a parent needs to let us know about their child’s illness. Please send all attendance-related issues to Ms. Velasquez at arminda_velasquez@roundrockisd.org. Thank you!

 

Band Fee Member Deposit Due Monday

If you're following the payment plan, the next deposit, for $150, is due Monday 8/20. Checks made out to CRHS Band or Cash should be turned in to the safe in the band hall. Credit Card payments are now available as well online at http://crhsraiderband.org/new-products/band-fees-not-booster. As always, thank you for your support of this band program!

 

Tomorrow = LOTS of stuff happening!!!

  • Mattress Sale 10am-5pm in the Cafeteria! Please help spread the word on social media - that’s the quickest, easiest, most effective way for us to let our community know about this opportunity.

  • Props 8am-2pm in the band hall! Come lend a hand!

  • Band Olympics 9am-3pm at the Track Stadium! This is a student-led event where the different sections compete against each other playing different types of “field games”. Do not park inside the gated area of the track/baseball/concessions area. Thanks!

 

Booster Position Available

Want to join a dynamic team while helping maintain all of the great things you saw Tuesday night? Then please consider joining our Executive Booster Board! We are still in need of a VP of Concessions, which essentially entails organizing and helping volunteers learn their roles. For more information or if you’d like to help, please contact Barbara Bradfield at parliamentarian@crhsraiderband.org -- thank you!

 

Pass Offs

All students will be “passing off” their marching music for a director this year. We reviewed all of the details in class on Thursday.

 

Parent GroupMe

As a reminder from my email last week, the Parent GroupMe will end on Monday 8/20. Please make sure you’ve downloaded any videos or pictures you want to keep. The boosters will transition to the “Remind” app. If you wish to be added, send the message “crraiderbb” to the number “81010” to be enrolled in their reminders.

 

Reminders from Previous Email Communication

 

For our first game, we’ll wear our show shirt, khaki shorts, black socks, and marching shoes on August 31st. If you do not own a pair of khaki shorts please purchase some between now and the first game.

 

Please make sure you have the appropriate items for game day preparation (buy your own). Water Jugs, Black Spandex/Compression Shorts (this is what you wear under your marching band uniform), and long black socks are needed to be able to participate with the band.

 

Next Week’s Rehearsal Schedule:

 

Monday 8/20

7:30am-8:30am  Woodwinds and Brass ONLY Rehearsal (outside)

4:45pm-6:30pm  Front Line Ensemble and Battery ONLY Rehearsal

 

Tuesday 8/21

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

 

Wednesday 8/22

7:45-9am Percussion Region Masterclass

5pm-7pm Colorguard ONLY Rehearsal

 

Thursday 8/23

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

 

Friday 8/24

No Rehearsal, No football game

 

Saturday 8/25

8am-Noon Full Ensemble Rehearsal

 

Looking Ahead

Monday August 27th - San Fran Trip Deposit Due (pay on travel company webpage https://etadventures.com  -- please do NOT turn in checks/cash to the safe -- thank you!)




 

 

John Peterson

Weekly Update August 13 - August 17

Raider Band Students and Parents,

 

Wow! The group just keeps getting better! They’ve come a very long way in a very short amount of time and we’re so proud of their work and effort! I hope you’ve had the chance to see the videos of the “run throughs” that we’ve posted to the Student Share Google Folder https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AKLulrQ2L0g-XB21BgM9SF7a-uls8h2D. You’re also more than welcome to come watch your students - it’s very common to have parents come watch the last 30 minutes of rehearsal. The improvement is apparent and we’re going to keep moving forward together.

 

Tailgate and Parent Preview, Tuesday August 14th

New This Year - I truly hope you can join us at least for the “Parent Preview” portion of our evening from 7pm-8pm. We’re going to add an element that includes having our parents and/or family members down on the field with the students and have a great time together as your child teaches YOU how to march! The band will also perform everything we’ve learned during summer band and we’re going to celebrate our students who have earned their letter jackets. It’s going to be a great event!

 

Parent GroupMe

Your Executive Booster Board members and I want to ensure that communication to you be as concise and as accurate as possible. On Monday, August 20th, we’re going to end the use of the Parent GroupMe that was set up by the board several years ago. In its place, the board will switch over either to a Twitter or Remind account (stay tuned for information from the board in that regard). All of that said - if there are pictures or videos that you wish to download from the Parent GroupMe accounts, please make sure to do so before August 20th. Thank you!

 

Band Picture Day - Wednesday 8/15 2:30pm-5pm

Students will come to school to change in to their uniform and get group and individual pictures taken. Order forms were given to the students yesterday (8/9) to take home. Online orders are also available at https://vando.imagequix.com/L9AQZ93 with keyword CRHS Band.

 

Returning Students - Please start bringing back your marching shoes and put them in your garment bag in the uniform room. (Freshmen - don’t worry about shoes - we’ll get you covered and/or take pictures in a way that don’t show your feet.)

 

All Students - You’ll need your black spandex/compression shorts to wear underneath your uniform.

 

Mattress Sale Fundraiser - Saturday 8/18 10am-5pm

THANK YOU to everyone who came to the parent meeting for the mattress fundraiser last week. We had a great turnout of a little over 70 parents in attendance. Please help us get the word out to make this event a success.

 

Band Olympics - Saturday 8/18 9am-1pm

This is a student-led event. The students come together for a day of outdoor contests where the different sections compete against each other in order to be crowned champion of Band Olympics. It’s a great social event and all the students are encouraged to attend! Students should have already started hearing details from the student leadership team for specifics regarding that day.

 

Next Week’s Schedule

 

Monday 8/13

5pm-8pm - Outdoor Rehearsal

 

Tuesday 8/14

8am-Noon - Outdoor Rehearsal

Noon - 5pm - No rehearsals, go home

5pm-8pm - Rehearsal & Parent Preview @ track stadium

 

Wednesday 8/15

2:30pm-5pm - Picture day, then no rehearsals

 

Thursday 8/16 - First Day of School!

Attend your normal class schedule

5pm-8pm - Outdoor Rehearsal

 

Friday 8/17

Attend your normal class schedule

5pm-8pm - Outdoor Rehearsal

7pm - General Booster Meeting in lecture hall, all parents are welcome to attend

 

Saturday 8/18

Band Olympics - Approx 9am-1pm, track stadium

Mattress Sale in cafeteria 10am-5pm

 

Looking Ahead

Monday August 20th - $150 Band Fee Payment due to CRHS Band - place payment in safe in CR band hall. All booster payments should have been made by now.

 

Reminders from Previous Email Communication

 

For our first game, we’ll wear our show shirt, khaki shorts, black socks, and marching shoes on August 31st. If you do not own a pair of khaki shorts please purchase some between now and the first game.

 

Please make sure you have the appropriate items for game day preparation (buy your own). Water Jugs, Black Spandex/Compression Shorts (this is what you wear under your marching band uniform), and long black socks are needed to be able to participate with the band.


 

Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

John Peterson

Weekly Update August 6 - August 10

Raider Band Students and Parents,

 

We’re off to the races and learning drill! What an exciting time as we begin the production of our 2018 contest show! It’s been wonderful having everyone back this week and we had a great time playing through all of our tunes in the PAC on Wednesday!

 

Thank you to all of the incredible people who have been spending multiple hours each day to fit our students in their marching uniforms, hemming, ironing and donating their time so that our students can look top-notch!

 

Speaking of people donating their time - our prop team will be back-at-it tomorrow, Saturday 8/3, from 8am-2pm. If you’re able to come by, even just for a little while, we’ll put you to work! Students can earn volunteer hours as well!

 

NEW THIS YEAR

I’ve talked with our leadership team and 12th grade band members about wearing our show shirt, khaki shorts, black socks, and marching shoes for the first football game at Temple High School on August 31st. They liked the idea and this will be our ‘uniform’ for that game. If you do not own a pair of khaki shorts please purchase some between now and the first game. They need to meet school dress code and be the “tan” khaki color (not blue/brown/white). We will wear our full uniform starting the second game, Senior Night, and we want to look our best for our seniors and pictures for that evening.

 

Fundraisers

SNAPRAISE:

  • Our first group fundraiser will be SnapRaise

  • Flyers with email addresses were due back today! (8/3)

  • We ask that everyone participate in this fundraiser - what makes it great is that you don’t have to sell anything!

  • Student will participate in the fundraiser on Thursday 8/9 during rehearsal hours

 

MATTRESS SALE:

  • If you attended the parent meeting, please know the representative misspoke when she said there could be money added to your child’s account for referrals. This is a booster fundraiser. We can not make individual contributions to a student account using a booster fundraiser.

  • Date of event: Saturday August 18th, 10am-5pm, CRHS Cafeteria

  • PLEASE help us push this event on all the social media outlets

    • Visit the Raider Band Booster Facebook page and you can Share the information from there

 

Registration Prizes

Thanks again for coming to registration last week! We pulled the winners for the spirit wear drawing and we’ve contacted those individuals directly.

 

San Francisco Trip

The trip is set! If you expressed interest in being a chaperone - thank you for your interest! I have already contacted the adults that will be joining us as chaperones. We’re looking forward to a great trip!

 

Tailgate and Parent Preview

  • Tuesday August 14th (not this upcoming Tuesday)

  • Tailgate: 5pm-7pm

  • Parent Preview - 7pm-8pm - come join us at the practice field after the Tailgate as we perform everything we’ve worked on during summer band!

 

Looking Ahead…

Please make sure you have the appropriate items for game day preparation (buy your own). Water Jugs, Black Spandex/Compression Shorts (this is what you wear under your marching band uniform), and long black socks are needed to be able to participate with the band. Thank you!

 

Next Week’s Schedule - Times are a little different each day due to Teacher Workdays.

 

Monday 8/6

8am-Noon - Outdoor Rehearsal

Seniors - administration knows to hold your parking spots. Go buy them during lunch

Noon-1pm - Lunch

1pm-4pm - Indoor Rehearsal

4pm-5pm - Break, bring a snack and/or dinner to eat

5pm-7pm - Outdoor Rehearsal

 

Tuesday 8/7

Freshmen - Raider Renaissance (Freshman Orientation)

  • Freshmen are excused from rehearsal until after Raider Renaissance. Bring a change of clothes for rehearsals later in the day, bring food for dinner/snack before outdoor rehearsal that evening.

Everyone Else - Normal Rehearsal:

8am-Noon - Outdoor Rehearsal

Noon-1pm - Lunch

1pm-4pm - Indoor Rehearsal

4pm-5pm - Break, bring a snack and/or dinner to eat

5pm-7pm - Outdoor Rehearsal

Wind Ensemble and Drumline - Wear something Cedar Ridge (preferably purple) - We will perform in two pep rallies that day (we’ll review schedule together on Monday)

 

Wednesday 8/8

Sleep in!! Hooray!!

1pm-4pm - Indoor Rehearsal

 

Thursday 8/9

Sleep in!! Hooray!!
1pm-4pm Indoor Rehearsal
4pm-5pm Break
5pm-8pm Outdoor Rehearsal

 

Friday - 8/10

3pm-4:30pm Indoor Rehearsal
4:30pm-5pm Break and bring a snack
5pm-8pm Outdoor Rehearsal

 

Have a GREAT weekend!

John Peterson

Weekly Update July 30 - August 3

Raider Band Students and Parents,

 

Wow, what a GREAT week we’ve had as we’ve ramped up the 2018 marching season! Colorguard and Percussion students have hit the ground running and the student leadership team has come together to work with our freshmen wind players to get them started on their journey as a new high school band member. We’re looking forward to seeing ALL students back on Monday!

 

***I just received our teacher schedule for professional development days. Rehearsal times for August 6th-August 14th have been revised based on director availability. The band calendar has been updated on crhsraiderband.org***

 

Registration

Thank you to everyone that came to registration. It was wonderful meeting so many of you and I’m excited to work with you in the coming days!

  • If you weren’t able to attend, we’ll be communicating with you early next week.

  • I’m adding a link to the slideshow presentation at the bottom of this email, so you can have a general idea of what I discussed in our meetings, please contact me with any questions

 

Fundraising - We are always looking for help!    We need you!   We’re in this together!

 

URGENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS:

Stand Managers are needed for Varsity games (3 managers) and JV games (2 managers).  For both positions, you will be trained and as stand manager you will assign roles as volunteers arrive to the stand, ensure all positions are filled throughout the game, and have fun! You can be a RRISD employee and be stand manager by assigning someone else to handle money. Varsity games are held at Kelly Reeves and Dragon Stadium (one Thursday and 4 Friday games). JV games are held at Cedar Ridge on Thursdays. If you have managed a stand before, would you be willing to manage a game or two? Let us know by contacting Barbara Bradfield at parliamentarian@crhsraiderband.org

 

We ask that each family sign up for at least two concession shifts.  Please look for a Sign Up link from our Boosters in the coming days - thank you! Questions?: vp@crhsraiderband.org

 

SNAPRAISE:

  • Our first group fundraiser will be SnapRaise

  • Flyers were handed out at registration, I've attached it to this email, and we will distribute more flyers to students on Monday

  • We ask that everyone participate in this fundraiser - what makes it great is that don’t have to sell anything!

  • Students will turn in their flyer, with email addresses filled in, on Friday August 3rd.

 

MATTRESS SALE:

  • Requested Parent Meeting: Thursday August 2nd, 6:30pm @ CRHS

    • The company will give us $5 for every parent in attendance, up to $500, for free

  • Date of event: Saturday August 18th

    • More info coming soon

 

Next Week’s Schedule - MAKE SURE YOU HYDRATE OVER THE WEEKEND!

 

Monday 7/30

8am-9am - ALL Students meet in lecture hall

9am-Noon - Outdoor Rehearsal

Noon-1pm - Lunch - Always bring food and fuel your body!

1pm-4pm - Indoor rehearsal

 

Tuesday 7/31

8am-11:30am - Outdoor Rehearsal (we will BEGIN at 8am outside - arrive before 8am please)

11:30am-1pm - Lunch (longer lunch than usual - enjoy time with your friends and new band members)

1pm-4pm - Indoor Rehearsal

 

Wednesday 8/1

8am-Noon - Outdoor Rehearsal

Noon-1pm - Lunch

1pm-4pm - Indoor Rehearsal

 

Thursday 8/2

8am-Noon - Outdoor Rehearsal

Noon-1pm - Lunch

1pm-4pm - Indoor Rehearsal

4pm-5pm - Break, bring a snack and/or dinner to eat

5pm-7pm - Outdoor Rehearsal

 

Friday - SnapRaise Email Sheets Turned to Directors Today

8am-Noon - Outdoor Rehearsal

Noon-1pm - Lunch

1pm-4pm - Indoor Rehearsal

4pm-5pm - Break, bring a snack and/or dinner to eat

5pm-7pm - Outdoor Rehearsal

 

Again - please check the band calendar for updates to the summer camp days of August 6th-14th.

 

Have a GREAT weekend!

 

John Peterson

CRHS Bands

 

Registration Slideshow: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UGGwiOUx19UVqgF60j99BLy5SBKyCkWC/view?usp=sharing